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Vegas of the (far) East アジアのヴィガス

October 23, 2009

I had a friend in town at the end of September.  She’d been living in London for several years and took the time to stop over in the big Lychee enroute to her return to Oz.  Since neither of us had been to Macau before, we figured it was a good opportunity for a bit of an adventure.  I had pretty much knocked Macau to the bottom of my “must see” list because I figured it would be a rehash of Hong Kong for the most part, albeit with casinos (of which I have no interest).  I was happily surprised that it surpassed expectations.

九月終わりに友達が泊まりました。6年ぐらいロンドンに住んでいましたがオーストラリアに帰ります。僕たちはマカオに行った事ないです。前に面白くないと思いました。後で本当にびくりしました。面白かったです。

It was quite interesting to see that while it is obviously part of southern China in terms of feel and architecture, there are things that definitely set it apart from Hong Kong.  There is an underlying feel of Europe from the subtle accents to the buildings and the use of blue and white ceramic tile as road markers.  Of course, there’s the liberal use of Portuguese everywhere.  One aspect that was a bit disappointing was the lack of European style cafes.  We found a few but expected more.

もちろん、雰囲気が香港同じぐらいですけど少し違うんです。建物が少しヨーロパらしいです。交通標識も少し違うんです。香港のは英語と広東語があります。マカオのは広東語とポルトガル語があります。少し残念ことがありました。ヨーロパ式のカフェを捜しましたがあんまりないんです。

The old part of town and the southern peninsula are worth walking around.  We walked down to the southern peninsula thinking that we’d see the A Ma temple and then have dinner at one of the highly recommended Macanese/Portuguese restaurants, A Lorcha.   The god A Ma Gau (also known in Hong Kong as Tin Hau) is where Macau gets its name.  Well, we got there too late to go into the temple and too early to get into the restaurant.  We wandered and went back to the restaurant 10 minutes past opening.  It was already packed and there was a 1 1/2 hour wait for a table.  This, we figure, is partly due to the “Lonely Planet” effect:  A Lorcha is the highest rated restaurant in the Lonely Planet guidebook.  We walked down the street to #3, Littoral.  We still had to wait about a half-hour for a table.

下町と南半島は面白い所だと思います。徒歩で下町から南半島まで行きました。予定を立てました。アーマー寺見てそれからマカオ料理のレストランに行きます。アーマー寺に6時05分ぐらい着きました。6時に閉まりました。残念!ポルトガル料理を食べたかったですが行きたかったレストランは6時30分から開けっていました。アロルカはガイドブックで一番おすすめのレストランです。それから6持40分に空いている席がなかったです。待ち時間が1時間半ぐらいでした。ほかのレストランに行きました。

With cod (bacalau) being a Portuguese specialty, that’s what we decided to order. It was a bit of an adventure.  First, we ordered a caesar salad.  Now, a caesar salad is fairly universal in its preparation and presentation, right?  What we received was, while tasty, nothing at all what one would recognize as a caesar salad.  So too the Macanese version of grilled – it was deep fried.  Overall, it was interesting to try new food.  It helps not being too terribly picky.  Might have to plan ahead for A Lorcha and make a reservation next time.

タラはポルトガル料理の名物ですから注文しました。まず、シーザーサラダを注文しました。世界中シーザーサラダは同じぐらいでしょうね。そのレストランのシーザーサラダは美味しかったですけど全く違いました。その料理は面白かったですが次にアロルかで予約をするつもりです。

After dinner we hopped a taxi (no seat belts!) and headed over the bridge to the island of Taipa and the Cotai strip which is supposedly modeled after The Strip in Las Vegas.  We only had time for one destination – The Venetian.  This is the 17th largest hotel in the world yet smaller than the original Venetian in Las Vegas (that one’s #5).  It’s still huge and the opulence is mind boggling.  No wonder it’s a favourite of the nouveau-riche mainland Chinese.

晩ご飯後、タクシでコータイストリップに行きました。ベネチャンカジノとホーテルに行きました。マカオのベネチャンは大きくて華やかなです。それから成金中国人はいました。

Now that I know what’s on offer and how easy it is to get to (only a 1 hour ferry ride), I’ll definitely head back.  I wonder how much a night at one of the new casinos costs?

行き方は簡単ので将来に行くつもりです。カジノ一泊はいくらかなあ。

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